A Spanish rock journalist who was challenged by LIMP BIZKIT frontman Fred Durst to stand near the stage at a BIZKIT concert after Durst was "insulted" in a one-to-one interview with the reporter has penned an "open letter" to the singer, telling him that he has "once again disrespected [his] fans" and suggesting that his "bad reputation" in the media is "well deserved."
In a lengthy posting to LIMP BIZKIT's web site, Durst said that he became furious after Jordi Meya, from Rock Sound magazine (web site), asked him: "You have a knack for pissing people off, why is that?"
Durst said: "It not only amazes me that this guy was picked to interview me, but that he is a journalist for one of the most popular music magazines in Europe.
"He had the wits to remind me, 'People here are still pissed off about you guys cancelling the show here a couple years ago.'
"The event he was referring to was the FestiMad show, which was a large festival style concert in Spain that we had to cancel for safety reasons. Jordi was implying that we let fans down by not performing.
"Jordi, since you don't have any regard for constructive or objective journalism, kiss my ass and try to be front and center at the concert next month."
Responding to Durst's outburst, Meya wrote the following "open letter" to the LIMP BIZKIT frontman:
"I'm still amazed that someone as important as you has taken the time to write about a nobody like me. I'm also amazed how easy is for you to make the news. You've proved your point, the world is ruled by bad press, and negativity spreads much more easily than creative innovative journalism. But... remember it was you who insulted me, it was you who posted your negative article on your website, and it was you who overreacted to a question that lots of [LIMP BIZKIT] fans around Spain have in their minds. As I tried to explain to you, I was not judging the fact that you have cancelled the Festimad show, but trying to make you realize how important are the upcoming shows in Spain for the band. I think you had the chance to make things better by saying something like: 'We were as disappointed as the fans to have to cancel that show for security reasons, but they can be sure we'll give them 200% show this time' or something like that. Instead you got mad at me and once again disrespected your fans.
"As a fan myself I'm also disappointed that I couldn't talk to the 'new' Fred Durst, and found out that maybe your bad reputation is after all well deserved.
"If you want, you can prove me wrong by having an intelligent adult conversation with me instead of trying to kick my ass when you come to Spain.
"Make something positive out of this."